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Celebrate
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
at the Library!

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Join us for Black History Month at Queens Library.
We’ll be screening movies, hosting talks, and presenting concerts to celebrate and commemorate the Black experience in America. Programs are available for children, teens, and adults.

Black History Month Films on Kanopy
In honor of Black History Month, you can stream Kanopy’s in-depth collection of films by and about African Americans for free with your library card. Enjoy powerful documentaries, the work of groundbreaking pioneers, and much more!

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Upcoming Programs


Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric is a powerful book that will be the subject of five special events for Black History Month  

Between the Eye and the Other: Writing with You and Images
Saturday, February 10 @ 2pm
Cambria Heights, 218-13 Linden Boulevard

Creative Writing with Citizen: Writing about Racism through Emotion and Image
Saturday, February 10 @ 2:30pm
Steinway, 21-45 31 Street, Long Island City

Art and Poetry in the Struggle Against Racism
Saturday, February 24 @ 2:30pm
Laurelton, 134-26 225 Street
Saturday, March 3 @ 2:30pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

Book Discussion of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Monday, February 26 @ 3pm
Hollis, 202-05 Hillside Avenue

Claudia & Me
Saturday, March 10 @ 2:30pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

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Poetry Contest

From February 1 to February 28, children are invited to write a poem on the theme of African-American history. Students from first to fifth grades can participate in this contest.

February 1 – February 28
Laurelton
134-26 225 Street


Sankofa Discussion and Multimedia Club

The Sankofa Discussion and Multimedia Club will meet bi-monthly to discuss histories of the diaspora. Using a variety of formats, we reach back to see our way forward to meet the challenges of today. February 1, 2018: African-American History.

Thursday, February 1 @ 6pm
Cambria Heights
218-13 Linden Boulevard


Hip Hop and Right on! Magazine with Cynthia Horner and Friends

This interview and discussion focuses on the Right On! magazine, which was created in 1972 out of the desire to have a teen-idol type of magazine for African Americans. Right On! was the exclusive publication for The Jackson Five and Michael Jackson, the world’s most famous celebrity to have ever lived.

Thursday, February 1 @ 6pm
Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica


Who Am I? (Display)

An interactive display for Black History Month; share historically important facts about 17 Black Americans. Users are invited to read the information and guess to whom the facts are referring.

Thursday, February 1 @ 12pm
Friday, February 2 @ 10am
St. Albans
191-05 Linden Boulevard


Film Screenings and Documentaries

Come join your nearest library for a movie! All movies are shown free of charge in the meeting room, and everyone is welcome. As some films deal with adult thematic content, parents are urged to exercise judgment as necessary. If you missed them during their theater runs, here is your chance. This month's festival has a focus on Black History movies and documentaries.

Thursdays, February 1-22 @ 4pm
Saturdays, February 3-24 @ 2pm
Seaside, 116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park

Monday, February 5, 12, 26 @ 4pm
South Ozone Park, 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard

Mondays, February 5, 12, 26 @ 6pm
Cambria Heights, 218-13 Linden Boulevard


African American History Resources Database

Learn how to access information on African-American history, culture, sports, music, politics, and more using the African American History database and websites. Learn how to access primary source documents, video and audio clips, and articles and images on a wide variety of topics. Preregistration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.  

Friday, February 2 @ 9:30am
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica


A Dance Workshop: "A" is for Africa! "D" is for Dance!

Join us for this three session, literacy-based African Dance Workshop Series - with live music! Participants will dance, play instruments, sing, read, write, and recite poetry to learn about and celebrate Africa!

Fridays, February 2, 9, 16 @ 4pm
Cambria Heights
218-13 Linden Boulevard

Wednesdays, February 14, 21, 28 @ 4pm
South Jamaica
108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica


Educational Games

Play fun educational games and explore historical events and figures. Ages 8-12. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Fridays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 @ 4pm
Peninsula
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach


Book and Film – The Color Purple

We present The Color Purple, a film based on the novel by Alice Walker.

Saturday, February 3 @ 2pm
Peninsula
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach


Honoring Black History in Film

Join us on Saturdays during the month of February as we honor Black History through the medium of film. The series will include releases such as Malcom X, Black in Latin America, and Red Tails to more recent titles such as Loving.  Come and spend some time at the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center to just sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie in a peaceful and quiet environment.  Light refreshment may be provided.

Saturdays, February 3-24 @ 12pm
Langston Hughes, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona


R&B & Motown Music with On Point Band

Enjoy the music of this classic soul, R&B, and funk band that has been making sweet music up and down the East Coast from Canada to Georgia since 2009 with a unique combination of vocal artists backed by top-notch musicians.

Saturday, February 3 @ 2pm
Flushing
41-17 Main Street


Athlete Movies

Black History Month athlete movies at the Briarwood Community Library.

Saturday, February 3, 17 @ 2:30pm
Briarwood
85-12 Main Street


Saturday Discovery Club African American Explorers

Join us in February for a Saturday Discovery Club series where we learn about the achievements of African-American explorers through strategic games. For children ages 6-12.

Saturdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24 @ 2pm
Pomonok
158-21 Jewel Avenue, Flushing


A Reading of the Play Two Trains Running

Two Trains Running is a play by African-American playwright August Wilson. The play explores the African-American experience of a 1960s black neighborhood in the grips of a major economic development versus gentrification and their changing view of race amidst the legal victories of the Civil Rights movement and at the height of the Black Power Movement.  

Saturday, February 3 @ 2pm
Laurelton, 134-26 225 Street


Art Workshop

Join artist Audrey Bright-Greene in a hands-on art workshop. Participants will learn about the African American artists Faith Riggold and Jacob Lawrence and their important contributions to our nation's history.

Monday, February 5 @ 4:30pm
South Hollis, 204-01 Hollis Avenue

Wednesday, February 7 @ 3:30pm
Hollis, 202-05 Hillside Avenue

Thursday, February 8 @ 4pm
Rosedale, 144-20 243 Street

Tuesday, February 27 @ 3pm
Rochdale Village, 169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica

Wednesday, February 28 @ 4pm
Lefrak City, 98-30 57 Avenue, Corona


Documentary Screening: Africa’s Great Civilizations

Three-part viewing of the landmark series Africa's Great Civilizations. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. Journey through 2000 years of history, from the origins on the African continent, of art, writing, and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped their own rich civilizations and also the wider world. Registration not required. Light refreshments served.  

Monday, February 5 @ 6:15pm
Monday, February 12 @ 6pm
Saturday, February 24 @ 3pm
Rochdale Village, 169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica


Black History in Hip Hop: A Musical on the Life of Harriet Tubman

Join us for a look at Harriet Tubman's life story with a modernized twist that incorporates hip hop into history! This event will be both educational and fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Monday, February 5 @ 6pm
Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica


Mary Elizabeth Shaw Remembrance and Painting Dedication Program

Celebrating the life of Mary Elizabeth Shaw (1852 – 1905), an African American woman educator, community activist, and benefactor, who in 1905 bequeathed $1,000 to The Flushing Free Library, now known as Queens Library at Flushing. Please join Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott, elected officials, civic leaders, and the Flushing Library community for a special remembrance program and painting dedication of Mary E. Shaw.

Tuesday, February 6 @ 10:30am
Flushing
41-17 Main Street


Quilting: Our History Revealed Through Threads with Geraldine Hazel

Quilting is a visual aid to historical events. Come and learn about the African-American experience, from the Underground Railroad to the life of Martin Luther King Jr. as expressed through quilting.  

Thursday, February 8 @ 6pm
South Ozone Park, 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard


Black Heritage using Ancestry.com Library Edition

Explore Black heritage and your ancestry through the resources of Ancestry.com Library Edition. Register online or by calling Queens Library at Rochdale Village at 718-723-4440. Space is limited.

Thursday, February 8 @ 6:15pm
Thursday, February 22 @ 3:30pm
Rochdale Village
169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica


Black History Month: Trivia

Help us celebrate Black History month by testing your knowledge of Black history in a trivia quiz game!

Thursday, February 8 @ 7pm
Peninsula
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach

Saturday, February 17 @ 3pm
Rochdale Village
169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica


Young Author Making Black History

A young writer in the community will discuss his books on African-American history.

Saturday, February 10 @ 1pm
Laurelton
134-26 225 Street


Between the Eye and the Other: Writing with You and Images

In this workshop, we will look at the writing and imagery in the powerful book Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine and write pieces inspired by Rankine’s words, use of images, and different points of view. This program is part of the Big Read in partnership with St. John’s University.

Saturday, February 10 @ 2pm
Cambria Heights
218-13 Linden Boulevard


Pass the Torch, Connecting the Past with the Future

The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Beta Omicron Chapter will present their African-American History program. Drawing from all the arts and multi-media, join us as we celebrate the rich history and culture.

Saturday, February 10 @ 2pm
Cambria Heights
218-13 Linden Boulevard


Creative Writing with Citizen: Writing about Racism through Emotion and Image

In Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine explores the large and small ways racism impacts people of color every day of their lives. In this workshop, all are welcome to write about the emotions that come from experiencing and witnessing racism, in and outside of ourselves, on the street, in our workplaces and schools, on TV, and in sports arenas. This program is part of the Big Read in partnership with St. John’s University.

Saturday, February 10 @ 2:30pm
Steinway
21-45 31 Street, Long Island City


Cultural Crafting in Jewelry with Pamela Isaac

Join Ms. Isaac at the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center where she will teach the historical art and craft of jewelry from the Motherland. In this hands-on workshop, you can create beautiful jewelry from glass and cowry shells, semi-precious stones, and beads, as we celebrate the month of Black History and Love.

Saturday, February 10 @ 3pm
Langston Hughes, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona


Jazz and Civil Rights: A Talk with the Author of Phoebe’s Fantasy Hugh Wyatt

Did you know that Jewish impresario Phoebe Jacobs cajoled the mafia and the music industry to save the careers of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington? Or that Duke Ellington helped to integrate nightclubs? Discover the forgotten history of jazz, mafia, and civil rights with journalist and author of Phoebe's Fantasy Hugh Wyatt.  

Monday, February 12 @ 6pm
Rosedale, 144-20 243 Street


Jazz Concert with Tricia Gunter and Jacob Webb

Jazz music has stood the test of time as an artistic expression of black culture. Join Tricia Gunter and Jacob Webb in celebrating Black History Month with a concert showcasing this important means of expression and highlighting its relevance in this day and age.

Monday, February 12 @ 5pm
East Elmhurst, 95-06 Astoria Boulevard


Jeopardy Challenge

In celebrating Black History Month, we would like to know how well you know famous historians, celebrities, and professional athletes in our jeopardy challenge. Please join us.

Tuesday, February 13 @ 3:15pm
Kew Gardens Hills
72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing


Black History Celebration

We will celebrate Black History Month together with the community.

Thursday, February 15 @ 3:30pm
Hollis
202-05 Hillside Avenue

Saturday, February 24 @ 12pm
Laurelton
134-26 225 Street


Jeopardy

Join us at Hillcrest for a game of jeopardy with categories based on super cool people and events important to Black history in the US! For kids ages 6 and up.

Thursday, February 15 @ 5pm
Hillcrest
187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing


Arts and Crafts

Come join us to celebrate Black History month with a special arts and crafts program.

Thursday, February 15 @ 7pm
Peninsula
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach


Black History Bingo

Learn about prominent African Americans while enjoying a game of bingo and competing for fun prizes!

Monday, February 15 @ 3pm
Thursday, February 22 @ 2:30pm
Rochdale Village
169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica


Positive American Woman Figures in the History of the United States

We will present to you a brief history of black women's role in the formation of the American culture. Several important figures will be discussed.

Saturday, February 17 @ 12pm
Laurelton
134-26 225 Street


Film Screening: A Ballerina’s Tale

Queensboro Hill Library celebrates Black History Month with a viewing of A Ballerina's Tale, the story of dancer Misty Copeland's rise to the top of the competitive ballet world.

Wednesday, February 21 @ 3pm
Queensboro Hill, 60-05 Main Street, Flushing


Bios & Beats

We celebrate leading African-American music legends through picture book biographies. Then we will listen to pieces of their music and let the beats inspire free-flowing drawings. For ages 6-12.  

Wednesday, February 21 @ 4:30pm
Flushing, 41-17 Main Street


Performances & Presentations

Join the Lefrak City Library for an evening will including presentations and performances by the Friends of the Library and local community.  

Thursday, February 22 @ 5pm
Lefrak City, 98-30 57 Avenue, Corona


Music Appreciation

Come join us for a special music appreciation program.

Thursday, February 22 @ 7pm
Peninsula
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach


Open Mic Tribute

We honor African American poets, writers, singers, & musicians with performances by our Open Mic-ers.  

Thursday, February 22 @ 6pm
Douglaston/Little Neck, 249-01 Northern Boulevard, Little Neck


Art Lecture: Great Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence

Join us for an interactive art lecture about the era in United States history known as the "Great Migration". “The Migration Series”, a collection of paintings by Jacob Lawrence, will be our visual guide to the experiences of six million African-Americans as they resettle in the North. Registration not required. Families are welcome.  

Friday, February 23 @ 2:30pm
Rochdale Village, 169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica


New Cuban Masters: Kali Rodriguez-Peña Sextet

Trumpet player and composer Kali Rodriguez-Peña was born in Havana, Cuba and resides in New York City. He has played with renowned Cuban and international musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Arturo O’Farrill, Paquito D’Rivera, Chucho Valdés, Pedrito Martinez, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Miguel Zenón, Bobby Sanabria, Cándido Camero, and Bobby Carcasses, among others. Kali arranged and produced his own album Gente de Colores in 2011.

Thursday, February 22 @ 6pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

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Black History Month Performance

Children will dress up as a famous African American to highlight their accomplishments. Children will also recite sections of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” Speech.

Friday, February 23 @ 4pm
Arverne
312 Beach 54 Street


Poetry Contest for Black History

Kids are invited to write a poem in the theme of African-American history. Students from 1st grade to 5th grade can participate in the contest. It will start from February 1 and end on February 28, 2018.

Saturday, February 24 @ 11am
Laurelton
134-26 225 Street


Black History Celebration

We will celebrate Black History Month together with the community.

Saturday, February 24 @ 12pm
Laurelton
134-26 225 Street


Alex Simmons Talks Life and BlackJack

Alex Simmons created and wrote the critically acclaimed adventure series, Blackjack, which is about an African-American soldier of fortune in the 1930s. In 2010 he received the Glyph Best Writer Award for his work with Archie & Friends, especially The Cartoon Life of Chuck Clayton (both series for Archie Comics). Join us as he discusses growing up in New York to a single mother and how his childhood led to his illustrious career.  

Saturday, February 24 @ 2pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica


Art and Poetry in the Struggle Against Racism

Yulia Tikhonova, director of St. John’s Art Gallery, will discuss activist trends in contemporary art and the use of art to illustrate Citizen: An American Lyric. This program is part of the Big Read in partnership with St. John’s University.

Saturday, February 24 @ 2:30pm
Laurelton
134-26 225 Street

Saturday, March 3 @ 2:30pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica


Book Discussion of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Join us for a discussion, facilitated by a St. John’s University book discussion leader, of the emotions Claudia Rankine illuminates that come from experiencing and witnessing racism. This program is part of the Big Read in partnership with St. John’s University.

Monday, February 26 @ 3pm
Hollis
202-05 Hillside Avenue


Learn To Play Mancala

Learn to play Mancala at the Hillcrest Library! In honor of Black History Month, learn how to play Mancala and take home your own Mancala game kit to decorate!

Monday, February 26 @ 4:30pm
Hillcrest
187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing


Urban Stages Presents “The Gates of Equality”

This dramatic presentation describes the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through his speeches, press conferences, and fictional narratives.  

Monday, February 26 @ 5pm
East Elmhurst, 95-06 Astoria Boulevard


African American History Jeopardy

All Kids and Teens are welcome to our annual African American History Jeopardy in February 2018. Come hang with your friends while answering fun trivia about African Americans, as well as, general trivia!  

Tuesday, February 27 @ 4pm
Flushing, 41-17 Main Street


Claudia & Me

Please join us to hear members of the Queens literary community respond to Claudia Rankine's book Citizen: An American Lyric and discuss the ways racial imageries seep into the unconscious decisions of writers, artists, and citizens. An open mic will follow the presentation – bring your poem to read!

Saturday, March 10 @ 2:30pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

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